Happy Holidays!

I’m going to be more or less unplugged for the next week or so, as I’m going to be spending the holidays hopping around Brazil. I’ll have wifi in the hostels most nights, so a few posts may pop up here or there, but expect regularly scheduled blogging to resume on Tuesday the 5th.

I’m starting out in Porto Alegre, which is my first and last stop for two reasons: First, it’s one of the closest big cities to Buenos Aires, so it cuts down on flight time. Second I’ve had an interest in the city ever since I wrote about the participatory budgeting process, pioneered in the city, as part of my senior thesis in college.

The view ain’t so bad, either:


Next up, Sao Paolo for a day or two. Then Paraty, and then Isha Grande for New Years Eve plus a day on either end before heading back to Porto Alegre for the flight back.

It should be fun! I don’t speak a word of Portuguese, but I’ll be traveling with folks who do. And as I’ve found with my Spanish in Argentina, getting thrown into the deep end isn’t the worst thing you can do for your language skills.

In any case, Happy Holidays to all. Pictures on the way!

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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